Best-ever tiramisu

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(89 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Plus chilling


Serves 6

This super-simple Italian dessert actually benefits from being made ahead, allowing all the lovely flavours to mingle

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal853
  • fat73g
  • saturates42g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars35g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.25g
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  • 568ml pot double cream
  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 75ml marsala
  • 5 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 300ml strong coffee, made with 2 tbsp coffee granules and 300ml boiling water
  • 175g pack sponge finger
  • 25g chunk dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder


  1. Put the cream, mascarpone, Marsala and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk until the cream and mascarpone have completely combined and have the consistency of thickly whipped cream.

  2. Get your serving dish ready. Put the coffee into a shallow dish and dip in a few sponge fingers at a time, turning for a few secs until they are nicely soaked, but not soggy. Layer these into your dish until you have used half the biscuits, then spread over half of the creamy mixture. Using the coarse side of the grater, grate over most of the chocolate. Then repeat the layers (you should use up all the coffee), finishing with the creamy layer.

  3. Cover and chill for a few hrs or overnight. This can now be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. To serve, dust with cocoa powder and grate over the remainder of the chocolate.

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Comments (119)

Loudbasket's picture

It's really difficult to give me a dessert that I find too big or too rich, but I found this too big and too rich; I think it would easily serve 8. I also felt the cream overpowered everything and was a bit sickly. If I tried it again I would reduce the amount of cream and keep everything else the same.

sweely2's picture

I have ended up with about a third of the cream left over, so I would reduce the amount next time. Does anyone know if you can freeze the cream once whipped?

jinja1's picture

Yes, you can freeze frozen cream

fairystoryteller's picture

Lovely simple version of this classic dessert. I have found that even with very quick dipping of the sponge fingers I need slightly more coffee, so with this recipe I always make 350ml. This is quick to put together and great for a buffet table or for an easy pudding for Sunday lunch.

ChefMatt3742's picture

I just used this for a GCSE exam and it turned out amazing! My assessors loved it and so did my family when we had it after our dinner. Will defiantly be making this again in the future!!!

joycevdh's picture

I didn't quite have the right proportion of ingredients - ended up making it with 500g mascapone and 500ml double cream. I put Amaretto in the cream mix and added Bailey's to the coffee. I didn't use up all the coffee (I think I used about half), but I was using homemade sponge fingers (I can't buy them where I live, trust me, I would if I could!), so that may have made a difference. I put a good dusting of cocoa (instead of the grated chocolate) between the layers. My guests said it was the best tiramisu they'd ever eaten!

Hsw27's picture

So simple and delicious, also used baileys instead of Marsala...

TFlavin's picture

SUPER easy... SUPER delicious... everyone said it was awesome !!

I used Bailey's instead of Marsala ... Kahlua would be even better I'm sure...

Couldn't be any easier.. no need for fuss !! Tastes JUST as good as the difficult recipes

annak19's picture

Fantastic recipe. Foolproof! Try this you won't be disappointed. Light, delicious and perfect for a dinner party as it's even better the next day!

portia2's picture

Tasted as good as that of my favourite Italian. If I can make it, anyone can!

missbrannigan's picture

Made this for a BBQ today and it was amazing. Bought 2 Madiera cakes from Tesco and cut them
Into wedges. Poured the coffee over the top. And used 75ml of Ameretti instead of masala in the cream. Will be making again next week for a gathering and probably many more times! :)

babyblade's picture

Incredibly easy & very tasty. A Christmas hit :)

Joanarthur's picture

Hi this recipe is not ok if you have an egg allergy the sponge fingers are made with egg.
I find it very hard to find recipes that are egg free.

NorsB's picture

Hi, my husband is allergic to eggs and I too find it very difficult to find deserts to cater for him. Mary Berry does a fabulous Lemon & Lime Cheesecake which is egg free and he loves. Apart from that I cook him a lot 'crumble' recipes. If you have any deserts you can share, please do. Many thanks

essexcaz's picture

I made this for a dinner party last year and it has been requested again so I have just made it again. It is better made the day before and left in the fridge. I buy a basic Madeira cake and slice it instead of sponge fingers and Disaronno works just as well as Marsala. Very fattening but a really impressive but easy dessert.

glasgowgirl49's picture

Unable to get marsala can I use coffee liqueur instead

Frantic Flapjack's picture

I was inspired to make this after the GBBO. Big mistake! I ended up with a large bowl of cream and a few soggy biscuits. The ratio just doesn't work. Hardly any taste and no texture. A heart attack on a plate.

Dalia Emara's picture

Simple and delicious. Every one loveddddd itttt ♡♡♡. I grated plain galaxy chocolate and it was absolutely amazing... thanks for the recipe. .

Lydia012's picture

This is a fantastic recipe! It has been a great success among my
family and friends! My boyfriend however doesn't like coffee (!) so I've adapted this recipe so it can be just as tasty but more friendly for those who are not coffee lovers.
If anyone is curious, I simply used hot chocolate instead of coffee, then over each layer of soaked biscuits I put a relatively thin layer of carnation caramel on top, then of course plenty grated chocolate, then added the cream on top of each layer (didn't have any marsala at the time so used a small lid full of brandy for the cream, and I even added a bit of caramel to it). It was very yummy! Just as great as the original!

katecat58's picture

I was looking for a recipe for Tiramisu without eggs to take to a baby shower, so this is perfect.


Questions (4)

meiling_618's picture

Hello, may I know the container (circular or rectangular, dimension) should be used for tiramisu?

moiracretney's picture

What size dish would you use

gilliandeller's picture

Can this desert be frozen?

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